Close Date: Continuous
HOUSING DIVISION PUBLIC OUTREACH INTERN
The Sunnyvale Department of Community Development is seeking a Public Outreach Intern to work in the Housing Division. The intern will work on several projects, depending on their specific areas of expertise and interest, including: updating the Housing Division's outreach database; updating and/or translating Housing Program brochures; updating various housing program public outreach/marketing plans, including possible use of social media; updating the HOME program "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" outreach plan; updating the Division's Language Access Plan; assisting with community outreach on upcoming housing projects, including creating notices and flyers, and possibly assisting staff at meetings; and/or data collection and research in preparation for the 2014-2022 Housing Element Update or other policy documents and studies. The intern may suggest additional project ideas for consideration. This is an opportunity to gain valuable experience in implementing municipal housing and community development programs. HOURS: Must be available to work average of 8-10 hours per week, between 8:30 am 5:30 pm weekdays, throughout the internship period. At least half of the weekly hours shall be on Fridays most weeks. Attendance may be requested at some evening meetings. A commitment for the entire 10-12 week internship period is required.
Currently enrolled in a graduate-level program in urban planning, communications, public relations, or a related field ideally with a bachelor's degree in urban planning or related field. Candidates with dual majors or major/minors in these fields will also be considered. American Planning Association (APA) student members are preferred.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Excellent writing and speaking skills. Strong interest and academic background in community development, urban planning, and/or public sector housing programs, particularly home buyer programs, and some skills related to public outreach efforts and marketing of social service programs. Knowledge of California real estate law and market dynamics highly desirable. Proficient in software programs such as Microsoft Office, ArcInfo or other GIS systems, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat and/or various graphic programs also desired. Bilingual interns able to read, write, speak fluently and/or translate written materials in any of the following languages preferred: Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Farsi, Korean, or Vietnamese. Familiarity with Sunnyvale and the local community is also preferred.
Please note: This is an unpaid position. Opportunities for mentoring, networking, career development guidance, and references at the end of the internship will be provided.
Any candidate that is selected will be required to successfully complete a Department of Justice fingerprinting background check.